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Goalie Chris Mason doesn't leave any openings

He makes 22 saves for his fifth shutout this season.

March 25, 2009|Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Patrik Berglund scored twice in the third period to end a 10-game goal drought and Chris Mason made 22 saves for his fifth shutout this season in a 2-0 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.

"We could have played a lot better in the first 40 minutes, but we finally scored," Berglund said.

"And Mason played unbelievable."

The Blues are four games above .500 for the first time and are trying to end the franchise's three-year playoff drought by securing the final spot in the Western Conference.

"It's the desperation, it's the urgency, it's the no quit in this team," Mason said.

The Kings are in a 1-5-1 slump and are 2-9-1 in their last dozen games on the road.

Berglund, limited to two assists the previous 10 games, got the first two-goal game of his career. The biggest came on a tap-in at 7 minutes 56 seconds of the third period. He twice swatted a puck loose in the crease after T.J. Oshie's shot trickled through Jonathan Quick, converting on the second try at 13:13 for his 19th goal.

Quick said the shot also deflected off a player in front of the net.

"I believe it hit a chest, arm, something up there," Quick said. "I just lost the puck in the jersey and it must have fallen behind me."

Mason, who made his 24th consecutive start, was at his best in the first period when the Kings had an 11-4 shots advantage. Seven of the Kings' shots in that period came on consecutive power plays.

"A lot of blocked shots," Coach Terry Murray said. "That's one thing they do well, they block well and they get in the lanes. We were doing the same, we did a real good job until the end."

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